Providing adequate and nourishing food to all Indians, particularly the country’s children, is more than a need — it is a necessity and it is immediate. The Horizons cover story on nutrition highlights how this is happening, the different means through which the effort is being executed and the partnerships that are making it possible. The Tata Trusts have pitched in with support and The India Nutrition Initiative, or TINI, is a reflection of their commitment to what is surely a national and noble cause.
On the TINI menu are a variety of large endeavours: enhancing child-care centres in different parts of India, placing preraks (motivators) with district administrations to help implement government projects in nutrition, the fortification of staple foods, and more. Add it all up and TINI’s impressive contribution to the National Nutrition Mission becomes clear.
Nutrition for the mind is the quest in Udaan, the subject of this edition’s special report. A one-of-its-kind project to address shortfalls in the treatment of India’s mentally disabled, Udaan swears by a ‘reform and transform’ approach to enable an overhauling of institutional care in the country. Dignity for the mentally ill is at the centre of everything done by Udaan, which is also in the process of creating a collaborative, community-based blueprint of care and treatment with its ‘district mental health programme’.
A diverse mix of social development stories populates our features section: rural women being taught about the internet in record numbers; ‘friends’ delivering job opportunities to young people with limited employability quotients; a programme to lift the gloom enveloping agriculture and those dependent on it; a plan and a process to create model villages; an attempt to make the public healthcare setup accessible and effective; the rehabilitation of runaway or missing children; and a remarkable crack at minimising the incidence of, and deaths caused by, malaria.
Also in Horizons this time are interviews with Shawn Baker of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and with Vijayalakshmi Ravindranath, outstanding neuroscientist and founder director of the Centre for Brain Research at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru. In perspective, Kartick Satyanarayan, the chief executive of conservation nonprofit Wildlife SOS, pleads the case to protect the wild animals of India.
Cheers and happy reading.Christabelle Noronha
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